Description: Protonico (KY) DK B/, C, foaled February 21, 2011 (Giant's Causeway - Alpha Spirit, by A.P. Indy) get his first Grade II victory with determined effort in the 8.5 furlong $400K Alysheba Stakes at Churchill Downs May 1, 2015. Jockey John Velazquez sent Protonico out to track Den's Legacy around the Clubhouse turn and up the back stretch. Noble Bird was traveling behind those two on the outside. As they rounded the far turn Protonico went up to challenge Den's Legacy for the lead and Noble Bird came at them along the outside. Protonico got the lead at the 1/4 pole and was quickly joined by Noble Bird. Those two fought it out to the wire with Protonico getting there with a final surge to win by a head over Nobel Bird. Neck 'N Neck got up for 3rd, 3 1/4 lengths behind Noble Bird. Protonico is 6-1-1 from 11 starts and he has earned $828,587 for his owners at Sumaya U.S. Stable. Protonico was bred by International Equities Holding, Inc. and he is being trained by Todd Pletcher. Drawing by Daily Racing Funnies ®.
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